Mathematics for Teaching Category: Number Sense

Category: Number Sense

Subtracting integers using tables

In my earlier post on this topic, I discussed why teaching subtraction using the numberline is not helping most students to learn the concept. In this post I describe an alternative way to teaching operations with integers that would help students develop a conceptual understanding of the operation and engage their mind in algebraic thinking at…

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Subtracting integers using numberline – why it doesn’t help the learning

I have reasons to suspect that for a good percentage of students, the end of their mathematics career begin when they are introduced to subtracting integers. Well, for some, it’s when the x‘s start dropping from the sky without warning. In this post, let’s focus on the first culprit – subtracting integers. One of the…

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Teaching absolute value of an integer

The tasks below are for deepening students’ understanding about the absolute value of a number and provide a context for creating a need for learning operations with integers. You may give the problems  after you have introduced the students the idea of absolute value of an integer and before the lesson on operations with integers. Tasks…

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